- 1muffle something to make a sound quieter or less clear He tried to muffle the alarm clock by putting it under his pillow.
- 2muffle somebody/something (up) in something to wrap or cover somebody/something in order to keep them/it warm She muffled the child up in a blanket. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): perhaps a shortening of Old French enmoufler; the noun (mid 17th cent.) from Old French moufle
BrE BrE//ˈmʌfl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌfl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they muffle
BrE BrE//ˈmʌfl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌfl//he / she / it muffles
BrE BrE//ˈmʌflz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌflz//past simple muffled
BrE BrE//ˈmʌfld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌfld//past participle muffled
BrE BrE//ˈmʌfld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌfld//-ing form muffling
BrE BrE//ˈmʌflɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌflɪŋ//